Steven Brown shows you how to control the project environment when managing Lean Six Sigma projects and how that control is essential to success.
- Mario Andretti, the great race car driver … believed that, "If everything seems under control, … "you're not going fast enough." … While that may be true in Formula One racing, … but in managing Lean Six Sigma projects, … your success is very dependent upon controlling … the project environment. … Like all projects, Lean Six Sigma goes through four phases … during its lifecycle. … Initiating, planning, executing, and closing. … In that all-important executing stage, … you monitor and control the project. … Up to now, the Project Manager … has truly been managing things, … making the proposal, … getting necessary approvals, … putting together the project plan, … and recruiting key team members. … Doing everything needed to put the project in motion. … But now you turn from managing things … to leading people and events. … This is more than just leading the technical effort … to improve the process, or find a solution to the problem. … It means leading the team to a successful conclusion. …
Steven outlines the process stages in Six Sigma (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control), along with the Lean toolkit: the 5s principles, kanban (scheduling), downtime, poka-yoke (error proofing), and kaizen (continuous improvement). He also explains how leadership works within Lean Six Sigma, the principles of project execution, and how Lean Six Sigma is applied to the service sector and supply chain management. Make sure to watch the "Next steps" video at the end of the course for further resources.
- List the three main focuses of Six Sigma.
- Explain why lean is an important element of the Six Sigma approach.
- Summarize why Control is the most important step in the Six Sigma process.
- Analyze variables to determine if they are a good performance measurement.
- Describe three typical methods of improving supply chain functions.
- Identify three things you will need in order to lead a Lean Six Sigma project effectively.